Representatives of the three Internet giants â€“ Facebook, Twitter and Google relating to Russian interference in American elections, in the first week of November had several times to come to the Capitol to testify. Answering uncomfortable questions of the legislators, the lawyers of all three companies agreed that during the presidential elections in 2016 they could more effectively counter Russian propaganda.
At the conclusion of the Western experts, information flows in social networks are spreading with incredible speed. So, a simple Internet business that is based only on the advertising links, are now able to expand its network of users faster than traditional big media holding. This applies to provocative political content, including from Russia, which immediately finds the virtual supporters.
Janis was Sarts, Director of the Center for strategic communication NATO, believes that “cyberspace provides users with a new opportunity: to believe in something that has a place in reality and what they want to believe. They are immersed in the Internet bubble where everyone supports their opinion, and the whole formed conglomerates of like-minded people that generate your ideas further and further.”
In the end, social networks have begun to listen to the experts. At the end of October, the company Twitter has stated that it will no longer host ads Russian media channel RT and the Agency “Sputnik”. After Twitter, Google News stopped publishing FAN news â€“ Federal news Agency associated with the Russian “trolls”. In both cases, the reason for the decision is too blatant dissemination of Pro-Kremlin sentiment.
Peter Doran, Executive Vice President of the Center for European policy analysis (CEPA), said: “the Campaign of destabilization that Russia is waging against us is growing. The power of its army intensifies its operations in the field of disinformation are becoming more inventive and penetrating ability of financial corruption practices.”
In this regard, some European political scientists concluded that “brakcet” – a British exit from the European Union â€“ was also partially funded by Moscow, which is trying to increase the rift between the EU countries. The growth of information the Kremlin’s influence in the European Union indicate the British newspaper the Guardian and many European politicians.
Witold Waszczykowski, the Polish foreign Minister, believes that “plan B”, which develops Moscow is trying to “recreate the balance of power on the model of the nineteenth century.” “It was an anti-democratic situation where only five or six “elite”, the leading countries were responsible for the security structure. So now, when the European Union or NATO offer Russia to sit at the negotiating table in the Kremlin refuse. Instead, they try to highlight only a few powers, and with them to decide the future of the world. Of course, for us this is unacceptable.”
During the hearings in Washington, lawmakers called on the company’s Facebook, Twitter and Google to start an active struggle with false information, penetrating into their network. No promises in response followed, but the representatives of the Internet giant promised to study whether it is possible technically to implement this idea.